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Burnout; 'Cost of Living'

Babu Paramban
Jae C. Hong
In this file photo, respiratory therapist Babu Paramban talks on the phone next to hospital beds while taking a break in the COVID-19 unit at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles.

JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater made headlines in 2010 when he quit his 20-year airline career by grabbing two beers and sliding down his plane’s evacuation slide.

Slater’s story resonated with workers who shared his burnout and fantasized about a dramatic exit from their workplaces. The COVID-19 pandemic amplified these feelings for many folks who quit their jobs as a part of the so-called “Great Resignation.”

Today’s episode is dedicated to burnout — how to prevent it and what to do when you find yourself on the precipice of jumping off the proverbial evacuation slide.


  • Dr. Jennifer Bickel, chief wellness officer, Moffitt Cancer Center; professor of oncological sciences, University of South Florida.
  • Dr. Moain Abu Dabrh, assistant professor of medicine, integrative medicine and health, Mayo Clinic Florida.
  • Megan Weigel, DNP, integrative medicine nurse practitioner, MS certified nurse.

'Cost of Living'

There’s nothing funny about health care costs in the United States. Half the country lives with medical debt, and nearly one-third of Americans report skipping medical care because of cost, sometimes with detrimental results for their health.

But "Cost of Living," a new essay collection by author Emily Maloney, might make you laugh. At a minimum, she’ll open your eyes to some of the more dysfunctional aspects of the U.S. health care system.

Maloney’s wry and unflinching take on American health care is informed, in part, by her own experiences as a patient. At age 19, Maloney tried to take her own life and wound up with a five-figure debt from the ambulance and hospitalization bills. The debt followed her for years.

"Cost of Living" also delves into the details of Maloney’s ongoing psychiatric care, describing the litany of psychiatric drugs she was prescribed — 26 in total over five years. She details the cost of each in a chapter called “A Brief Inventory of My Drugs and Their Retail Price.”

Maloney joined us on the program to share more about her experiences with the medical system.

Guest: Emily Maloney, author of "Cost of Living."

Florida Roundup Associate Producer Katherine Hobbs can be reached at or on Twitter at @KatherineGHobbs.
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